Yesterday I heard a knowledgeable British professor summarizing the degenerating situation in Iraq. He suggested that Maliki — representing a minority faction of the Shiites — has no control over the country or even fellow Shiites. The Shiite factions are erupting in the south. The Sunnis are happily taking our money handouts — but have no allegiance to Maliki and vice versa. The Kurds are going their own way. One should not be surprised to see a Kenya type breakout once again with our troops caught in the cross-fire. No wonder Bush is suggesting no serious decrease in our troops and a plan to keep them there indefinitely — to what good end? Everyone knows that one cannot control a seriously resistant occupied territory — without massive force and brutality. I pity those taking over after Bush — from whatever party. This mission is impossible — as I gather is so becoming that in Afghanistan. Ed Kent

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Voice of America
Death Toll Nears 100 from Bombings in 2 Baghdad Markets
Voice of America – 2 hours ago
By VOA News Iraqi authorities have raised the death toll from Friday’s suicide bombings in two popular Baghdad pet markets to 99, making it the deadliest day in the capital in several months.

http://voanews.com/english/2008-02-02-voa6.cfm

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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